ITEM: INFORMATION ITEMS/STAFF REPORTS

 

28. WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAM REPORT

 

Meeting Date: January 29, 2004 Budgeted: N/A

Program/Line Item No: N/A

Staff Contact: Shawn Novack Cost Estimate: N/A

 

General Counsel Approval: N/A

Committee Recommendation: N/A

CEQA Compliance: N/A

 

 

The following water conservation activities took place during December 2003:

MANDATORY RETROFIT PROGRAM

The District continued to carry out District Regulation XIV, which requires the retrofit of water fixtures to ultra-low flow (ULF) 1.6 gallons-per-flush toilets and 2.5 gallons-per-minute showerheads when properties transfer ownership. Property owners are required to certify the property has the ULF fixtures by submitting a Water Conservation Certification form (WCC).

 

CERTIFICATION

The District received 108 Water Conservation Certification forms between December 1 and December 31, 2003. Data on property ownership, transfer date and status of conservation requirements from those forms were entered into the conservation database.

 

VERIFICATION

In the month of December, 136 inspections were scheduled in response to requests from agents and property owners. The District completed 90 inspections of properties changing ownership and 72 (80%) were in compliance. One of the properties that passed inspection required more than one visit to verify compliance with all conservation requirements. Detailed information on conservation inspections is provided in Exhibit 28-A.

 

DATA MANAGEMENT

Information is obtained weekly from the Abstract of Monterey County on properties transferring ownership within the District. The information is entered into the database and compared against the properties that have submitted WCCs. Properties not in compliance with District law are then identified. Information on 208 property transfers that occurred between December 1 and December 31, 2003 was entered into the database.

 

WATER SAVINGS ESTIMATE

Water savings from retrofits (triggered by changes in ownership) verified in December are estimated at 4.186 acre-feet. Details on water savings from retrofits are presented in Exhibit 28-B.

 

WATER DEMAND MANAGEMENT

 

PERMITS

District staff processed and issued 83 water permits in the month of December. The Paralta & Pre-Paralta allocation deductions totaled 0.201 acre-feet for the Cal-Am system in December. District Rule 23 requires a water permit application for all properties that propose to expand water demand on a site, including new construction and remodels.

 

Ordinance No. 98, adopted May 16, 2001, allows the addition of a second bathroom to an existing single family dwelling on a single-family residential site. Of the 105-water connection permits issued in the month of December, 13 were issued under Ordinance No. 98.


PERMIT COMPLIANCE

District staff completed 27 water permit final inspections in December. Nine of the final inspections failed for added fixtures or not having low-flow fixtures in place as stated in the permit. Of the 18 properties that were in compliance, 18 passed on the first visit. In addition, ten properties required pre-inspections in response to Water Permit Applications received by the District. Detailed information about permit inspections is provided in Exhibit 28-A.


 

DEED RESTRICTIONS

District staff prepares documents that are recorded on the property title to enforce District Rules and Regulations, enforce permit conditions and allow public access to water records. On January 17, 2001, the District Board of Directors adopted a policy regarding the processing of these documents. Specifically, an extensive quality control process was put into place and the District is now responsible for thoroughly reviewing and recording these documents. In the month of December, the District prepared and recorded 36 documents on property titles. Of the 83 permits that were issued in the month of December, 24 (28.9%) required deed restrictions.

 

District staff provided notary services for 14 water permit applicants.

EXPANDED REBATE PROGRAM

The District continued to promote and administer the Toilet Replacement Refund Program. Seventeen applications were received during December. Both residential and non-residential water users may apply for a rebate of up to $100 per toilet. The District checks applications for eligibility against District records of properties required to retrofit to ultra-low flow toilets. In addition, the District expanded the Rebate Program to include ULF Dishwashers, ULF Washers, Hot Water Demand Pumping Systems, and Cisterns.

 

The following chart shows the refund totals from December 1 through December 31, 2003:

 

 

EXPANDED REBATE PROGRAM

 

DECEMBER 2003

 

2003 TOTAL

 

TOTAL-TO-DATE (JANUARY 1997 PRESENT MONTH)

Applications Received

18

202

3936

 

Applications Approved

12

143

3239

Single Family

(No. of Toilets)

6

(6)

101

(128)

3840

(4227)

Multi-Family

(No. of Toilets)

1

(1)

28

(42)

316

(1723)

Commercial

(No. of Toilets)

0

(0)

3

(3)

110

(685)

ULF Dishwasher

2

2

2.00

ULF Washing Machine

3

1

1.00

Hot Water Demand Pumping Systems

0

2

2.00

Cisterns

0

0

0.00

 

Total Dollars Rebated

(Number of Toilets)

$1,196.30

(7)

$17,655.49

(173)

$640,746.57

(6635)

 

Estimated Water Savings

(in AFY*)

0.161

3.979

152.605

 

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